The first of these is ‘Exiting the EU, Not the Environment’ written by Caroline Lucas MP with the help of David Baldock and the Global Justice network.
It summaries 10 environmental challenges and then sets out a 5 point ‘Green Guarantee. The report concludes by listing 153 (out the 1100 EU pieces of legislation which Defra will have to navigate across to UK legislation if there is to be no reduction in environmental protection for the UK once we leave the EU.
It is a very good document whatever your political persuasion – you can download it here. It should be required reading for all those interested in Brexit environmental politics.
The second report is for the House of Lords European Union Committee and is entitled ‘Brexit: environment and climate change’.
The summary concludes:-
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) faces an enormous challenge as the UK approaches Brexit. Together with the Devolved Administrations, it is responsible for repatriating and replacing the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. Alongside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) it must also map the extent to which environmental and climate change policies can be preserved through the Great Repeal Bill. Furthermore, Defra will need to design regulatory structures to ensure that environmental protections are enforced as effectively after Brexit as before. Resolving the tensions inherent in these competing tasks will be vital if the Government is to deliver on its commitments to leave behind a better environment than it inherited.
You can download that report here.
There is a lot to be done …….